For the past five days I've been delivering a self-paced memoir writing workshop online with Writing NSW. The course content is released every day and students complete writing assignments that they critique for each other and that I provide feedback on.
It is such a privilege teaching memoir and reading extraordinary lessons and experiences that people have experienced. So many promising memoirs that can contribute to new understanding of the human experience and I wish these emerging writers the best of luck moving forward in their writing journey.
I also want to think Writing NSW for booking me to develop and deliver this writing workshop and Rochelle for all her feedback and support. I love teaching and it's such a joy to be able to share my love of creative writing in various settings.
For more information about my experience as a speaker and workshop facilitator, check out my page below.
I love school holidays!!!!! It's such a joy to have my creative juices flowing. Have been firmly focussed on fiction. In writing updates I'm working on the second book in my contemporary romance trilogy, Dreams of Destiny, published as Mae Archer. The first book is Hollywood Dreams, which is out and is being recorded as an audiobook.
The second is titled Vintage Dreams. I wrote a draft and submitted to my then romance publisher, however they folded. I went back and re-read the draft and there was some tightening of the structure to be done, but the bones are strong and I love the story so much. The cover to this book has also been years in the marking with an image that I bought and wanted to use. So I'm just a few scenes away from having a complete draft and can submit to my proofreader.
I'm also working on a romance novella for an anthology I'm taking part in with many other romance novelists. This is about summer romance and I'm going to write a series about a family and the first one is a little bit of Romeo and Juliet vibe. I woke up this morning and the first scenes were crystal clear in my mind so I've been experiencing that joy of writing something new and fresh and fun.
Just received this message from my editor at ABC Education "I pitched it to the ABC homepage and if you go there now, you’ll see it featured quite prominently. (I’ve attached a screenshot in case you miss it.) abc.net.au Well done!"
How lucky am I? Thank you so much Ara for being such a wonderful supportive editor and ABC for being so supportive of my writing.
Here's the article link again.
Yesterday morning I appeared in Life Matters talking about memoir as art therapy and here's the link of my interview.
Was just googling to find my latest article and instead found this gem: Writer's Workshop where authors Amra Pajalic, Angela Savage, Gabrielle Wang and Tony Wilson discuss the writing process to their novels. This used to be only available on Clickview but is now on free to air. How cool. I'm talking about The Good Daughter, which has now been re-published as Sabiha's Dilemma, so still relevant. There are four episodes in total each one exploring a different aspect of writing such as Theme, Genre, Character Analysis and Writing Process. Even though it's a stretch I'm still claiming this as me on the telly!!!!!
Thank you to @lovebookstours
This is the second book in the Sassy Saints Series, the first book was Sabiha's Dilemma which I've not read but definitely will.
Alma and her family have moved into a new area and then Alma then has to attend a new school and make new friends - she also finds out she has a half sister.
Loved the way the author wrote about the difficulties of being a teenager but also how she writes about current everyday issues: drinking alcohol, drugs and sexual encounters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will read the others - highly recommended!
Had parent teacher interviews last night and my gorgeous coworker Rosie made sure we commemorated the occasion with photos, and I'm so grateful for it. I realise I don't have many photos to do with teaching as I'm always just doing and somehow I blinked and I've been a teacher for 10 years now. Best thing that ever happened to me in terms of personal and professional development. The first five years were excruciating and I didn't know if I would be able to make it. I began setting strong boundaries and stopped bringing work home on the weekends and was shocked at how restful weekends actually are when you don't work on them. While teaching still bleeds into the margins slightly, for example, will be doing some marking tomorrow on my day off, I am proud to be maintaining my longevity in the profession and that's mostly due the fact that I work four days a week.
Thank you to @lovebookstours
🎧 Audiobook Tour 🎧
Having listened to the audiobook of Sabiha’s Dilemma, which is book one in the series I was really looking forward to listening to book two. In fact I think I enjoyed book even more.
I really liked Alma, I did feel for her having moved to a new area and changing schools. Along with finding out she has a half sister, who also goes to her new school!
This book touches on a lot of subjects that teenagers come across. Such as sneaking out, going to parties, drinking and drugs.
I love the way the narrator brings the story to life. I hope there will be another book in the series as I’ve really enjoyed the first two in the series.
#AudioBookTour #LBTCrew #AlmasLoyalty #SassySaintSeries
So happy to have received this bookmarks from @AffirmPress celebrating the launch of the anthology Teacher, Teacher: Stories of Inspirational Educators that I'm a contributor to with so many other talented writers. It's always a joy seeing my name printed on merch so I'm rapt to have these to hand out at events.
I'm also booked to appear on the radio on Life Matters on ABC Radio National on Monday 18 September at 9-9:25am to talk about using art and narrative therapy to find your story and voice. Usually I'm too nervous to post in advance and have lived to regret it as friends don't get to listen to me live on shows that they are regular listeners to. So here's to being brave. There is also a podcast of the playback so I'll be able to share after the fact too. So exciting having all these wonderful things happening!!!!!
Thank you to @lovebookstours
Repost from @fiction_vixen18
I have already read one book in this series and loved it so I had high hopes for this one and it didn't disappoint.
I listened to this on audio book and I loved it, it is well written with a fantastic story line and well developed characters that I loved and a fantastic narrator who really brought the book to life.
It was so nice to be back with Sabiha and her friends and to see how they have grown from the first book. I really took these characters to my heart in the first book and even more so now with the second book.
I listened to this in a couple of settings and I didn't want it to end, I really cannot wait to see what comes next in this series, I need to get myself physical copies too so I can have them with me always.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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